Department of Internal Medicine and Neurology

Current Residents

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Class of 2023

Arun Balagopal Pillai, M.D.

Arun Balagopal earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. He received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University.  Prior to joining the Clinical Neuroscience Institute, he served as an SAP IT Technical consultant at Capstone Turbine Corporation.


An Cao, M.D.

An Cao earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Kansas.  Prior to joining the Clinical Neuroscience Institute, she served as the University of Kansas Medical Center Student Diversity Council co-president.


Sarah Liston, D.O.

Sarah E. Liston earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She received her Master of Science in Molecular and Integrative Physiology from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the Clinical Neuroscience Institute, she served as a research associate at the University of California Davis Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute. She co-authored the following publication "Early brain enlargement and elevated extra-axial fluid in infants who develop autism spectrum disorder." Brain. 136. (2013): 2825-2835. Dr. Liston enjoys jewelry making, cooking, reading historical fiction, travel, piano, and dogs. 


Steve Platko, M.D.

Steven Platko earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. Prior to joining the Clinical Neuroscience Institute, he served as a researcher at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. 


Class of 2024

Cody Ciaramitaro, M.D.Cody Ciaramitaro, M.D.

Cody Ciaramitaro received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Central Michigan University College of Medicine. He received his Bachelor of Science from Grand Valley State University. Prior to joining the Clinical Neuroscience Institute, he served in multiple tutor and mentorship roles throughout his time at both GVSU and CMU. He presented the following projects: "Multifocal Hobnail Hemangioendothelioma occurring with cutaneous and intraabdominal lesions exhibiting features of pure Dabska-type and Retiform Hemangioendothelioma" at the American Society of Dermatopathology 54th Annual Meeting and "Numb Chin Syndrome in Sickle Cell Crisis" at the 2019 Michigan American College of Physicians Annual Fall Scientific Meeting. He enjoys mixed martial arts, board games, and science fiction novels.


Louis Curtis, M.D.Louis Curtis, M.D.

Louis Curtis earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He received his Master of Science in Bioengineering from the University of Louisville.  Prior to joining the Clinical Neuroscience Institute, he served as an instructor for Kaplan Test Prep and six years as a researcher in the field of computational modeling of tumor growth dynamics, nanotherapeutics, and immunotherapeutics. He worked as a bioengineer at the Center for Predictive Medicine and as an engineer for Cook Medical Inc. He enjoys sports, cooking, video games, playing with his two cats, and playing guitar.


Stephen Fuqua, D.O.Stephen Fuqua, D.O.

Stephen Fuqua, D.O., earned his Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Lincoln Memorial University in 2020.  Prior to completing his medical degree, he earned his Master of Biomedical Science from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2014 and his Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology and Physiology from Purdue University in 2011.  He has previously worked as an EMT, a research assistant, administrative assistant, and archery instructor. He enjoys reading, video games, playing the piano, and baking bread.


Iqra Mian, M.D.

Iqra earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine BA/MD program. Her hobbies include exploring local coffee shops/restaurants, traveling and spending time with family.


Graham Reid, D.O.Graham Reid, D.O.

Graham Reid, D.O., earned his Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus in 2020.  Prior to completing his medical degree, he earned his Bachelor's of Science from Emory University in 2013 and Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Oxford College of Emory University in 2011. His hobbies include intramural soccer, exercise, skateboarding, cooking, violin, and the Japanese language.


 

Class of 2025

Fatima Bensabeur, M.D.Fatima Bensabeur

Fatima Bensabeur earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Wright State University. Dr. Bensabeur is a neurology resident. Prior to joining the Clinical Neuroscience Institute, she earned a MS in Biology from William Paterson University. Dr. Bensabeur enjoys the beautiful hiking trails around the Dayton area, traveling and cooking.


Brandon Nidea, M.D.Brandon Nidea

Brandon Nidea, M.D., earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He received his Master of Science in Medical Physiology from Case Western Reserve University in 2017 and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign dual majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Spanish in 2015. His hobbies include videogames, anime, horror films, and following Chicago sports.


Anthony “Gage” Hall, D.O.Anthony “Gage” Hall

Gage Hull obtained his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, where he received the A.T. Still Memorial Medallion award for promoting the physician values of whole-person healthcare, volunteerism, and relieving the suffering of others. While in medical school, he spent time volunteering at the City Union Mission clinic. He also volunteered in the KCU community garden, where he helped grow vegetables that were donated to local food pantries. He enjoys hiking trails, cooking, martial arts, fantasy novels, and home brewing mead.


Sarah Sheldon, D.O.Sarah Sheldon, D.O.

Sarah Sheldon, D.O., earned her Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2021. Prior to completing her medical degree, she earned her Bachelor of Science from Denison University in 2014 and Master of Science in Medical Physiology from Case Western Reserve University in 2017. She has worked as a research assistant on multiple studies related to neurology. She enjoys board games, exercising, and playing with her dog.


Class of 2026

Rebekah Israel, M.D.

Rebekah earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. Prior to earning her medical degree, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Asbury University in Wilmore, KY. Rebekah enjoys playing guitar and singing, reading, biking, jogging, and volunteering at her church developing and operating the Audio/Visual systems.


Nicholas Pekas, M.D.

Nicholas earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine. Prior to earning his medical degree, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Spanish. Nicholas has attained Kukkiwon and Tae-Kwan-Do Federation Certified Black Belt ranking in Tae-Kwon-Do, Hapkido, and Kumdo. He has played piano for 20 years, and enjoys reading/writing, tennis, and swimming.


Reha Rabbani, M.D. 

Reha earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University. Prior to earning her medical degree, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Combined Sciences from Youngstown State University. Reha enjoys photography, weightlifting, hiking, fashion, traveling, interior design, board games, reading, cooking/baking, exploring local restaurants and coffee shops, and antiquing. 


Michael Tensmeyer, D.O.

Michael earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to earning his medical degree, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience at Brigham Young University. Michael enjoys distance running, biking, birdwatching, reading, playing piano, creative writing, and spending time with his kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last edited on 09/13/2022.